Our Mission is to bring the Arts of Knitting and Crocheting to women who are dealing with substance abuse issues, mental illness, and lives impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and family trauma. We use knitting and crocheting to achieve our ultimate goal of finding ways to Heal ourselves, find Hope, create s sense of Happiness and Joy, and ultimately raise our Spirits, Skill Sets and Quality of Life.
June 18, 2016–Many thanks to everyone who came out to join us for our second annual celebration of Worldwide Knit in Public Day!
This year, we were graced with the presence of the longest crochet chain in the world, weighing in at 200lbs! Thanks, Abby Niederhauser, for creating and sharing such a feat!
We are so grateful that so many community members came out to join us. This event is always a great way to meet your neighbors, share what you know, learn from others, and spread joy! And of course you could win great raffle prizes!
Finally, a big thanks to BookEnds Bookstore for hosting this event. We couldn’t have done it without you.
November 18-20, 2016–Focus on the Masters is a non-profit art appreciation program based in Ventura County that documents, preserves, and presents the works and lives of accomplished contemporary artists.
Focus on the Masters also runs The Gift Shop, located behind City Hall in Ventura. As part of a fundraising effort, fine craft and art works from local artists and organizations were included in the gift shop with some of the proceeds going toward Focus on the Masters’ programming.
Knitting in Recovery was one of the organizations included in The Gift Shop. Our clients were very excited to show and sell their work.
A major part of Knitting in Recovery’s program is to be of service to others. It strengthens our community, focuses attention outward, and brings a sense of satisfaction to know that you are helping someone else.
This year for the holidays, men and women from Knotty Knitters of Anacapa, BookEnds Knitters in Ojai, and Knitting in Recovery clients at New Visions, Project Understanding, and Prototypes all participated in knitting and crocheting for charity.
The knitters’ gorgeous goods were sent to Help for Ojai, Ojai Valley Family Shelter, Our Place Shelter (Ventura), Tender Life Maternity Home (Ventura), Veterans Home (Ventura), and Shelters for Abused Women and Children in Alaska.
We hope that everyone who received these gifts feels safe, warm, and loved when they wear them, knowing that someone from Knitting in Recovery cares about their health and well-being.
March 8–In honor of International Women’s Day, Knitting in Recovery and Cattywampus Crafts hosted a knit-in. Women and children came throughout the day (and for several days thereafter) and knit and crocheted 100 pussyhats.
The hats were donated to Planned Parenthood for their fundraiser in April.
After the 2016 election, (and certain conversations with Billy Bush) women across the nation started knitting and crocheting bright pink beanies with two angular cat ears in anticipation of wearing them at the March on Washington aka Women’s March on Inauguration Day. These neon feline hats are called pussyhats. According to the founders of the movement, “The idea is both a play on pussyhat, pussycat, and also references the hot mic from the Access Hollywood video. It does reference Donald Trump and those comments, but it’s also so much more. It’s reappropriating the word ‘pussy’ in a positive way. It’s a pussyhat — one word. This is a project about women supporting women.”
The pussyhat is a symbol of support and solidarity for women’s rights and political resistance. “If everyone at the march wears a pink hat, the crowd will be a sea of pink, showing that we stand together, united,” reads the Pussyhat Project website.
Women who could not attend the march in DC on Inauguration day were also encouraged to knit or crochet pussyhats to send to marchers, which broadened the scope of the activism around the project.
Knitting in Recovery volunteers and our clients from New Visions and Project Understanding knit and crocheted around 40 hats. The hats were then gifted to Kristin, a friend of Knitting in Recovery’s founder, who then took the hats with her to Washington DC and handed them out to marchers at the Inauguration Day march.
Kristin and her daughter, Violet, even made the local paper in their pussyhats for the attendance of the DC march
Simultaneous marches were held around the world for those who could not attend the Women’s March in DC.
Knitting in Recovery founder, Lise Solvang, even took some pussyhats with her to her sister’s small town in Norway, where local residents marched. There was an even larger march in Oslo, Norway.
Locals in Norway donning their pussyhats in solidarity with American women protesting Donald Trump’s misogyny
Knitting in Recovery partners with Evolve Outpatient Recovery Center in Camarillo, which treats teens struggling with substance abuse, eating disorders, depression and anxiety.
Part of the treatment plan at Evolve is to convene daily with nature as a way to actively and mindfully engage in and appreciate the world around us.
Knitting in Recovery integrated this communion with nature with a desire to incorporate fun and play into our lives when we recently had the boys and girls at Evolve’s outpatient center yarn bomb one of the trees outside the facility!
The clients finger crocheted all the chains, made pom poms and crocheted flowers.
People stopped to watch and left with big smiles on their faces. Knowing that they were bringing happiness into someone’s life made the kids feel really good about the work.
Here’s to spreading love, fun and color to the community!
Our 3rd annual celebration of Worldwide Knit in Public Day was a great success. The event was held at BookEnds Bookstore in Meiners Oaks. About 100 women joined us to knit throughout the day including our regulars who travel all the way from Santa Barbara and Camarillo every year.
Participants were able to enter a raffle for gorgeous yarn baskets, knitting needles, and knitting and crochet books. Proceeds from the raffle went to Knitting in Recovery.
Many thanks to BookEnds Bookstore for hosting this event and for all our participants for celebrating with us!
This year for Independence Day, Ojai’s knitters and crocheters came together to yarn bomb our own Lady Liberty. This act of community was our small way to knit the country whole again during this divisive time. Many thanks to Book Ends for collaborating with us on this project.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Ojai, Knitting in Recovery was able to partner with Chaparral High School in Ojai to start a knitting and crochet class. We had a full class of both boys and girls, and everybody participated to the fullest. They learned to crochet, and some of the students, boys as well as girls, took their hooks and yarn with them home to continue working on their project.
For their final project, the class worked as a group to yarn-bomb for their graduation ceremony!
They crocheted beautiful vines and made pom-poms in an array of sizes and in all hues of oranges and greens.
The tree right by the stage was wrapped in a crocheted green and white blanket appliquéd with bright orange knitted squares. All the branches of the tree were dripping with pom-pom flowers and pom-pom fruit. Even in the top of tops there were pom-poms, as some of the boys had really good aim. I think that was their favorite part, and they took great pride in getting them “just right.”
It made for a bright and festive addition and decoration to the wonderful Graduation Ceremony!
On August 30 and 31, 2017, art from Knitting in Recovery was featured at an event for the Ventura County Family Justice Center Initiative.
Michael Jump of the District Attorney’s office for Ventura County is leading the initiative to create a Family Justice Center (FJC) in Ventura. The mission of FJCs is to support individuals that are victims of domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, or elder abuse and their families. FJCs integrate government services, non-profit organizations, local law enforcement, civil legal assistance, and other victim advocacy needs in one location to ease access to these services. The August event was a 2-day planning session with representatives from various county agencies that work with families in crisis.
Art from Knitting in Recovery was showcased at this event as a physical testimonial of the benefits of the arts, mindfulness, and community for people in or recovering from crisis.
Pom pom wall hanging. Pom poms from girls at House of Hope, a safe-house for teen girls who have experienced sexual exploitation or abuse. Assembled by Emily Wages. Pom poms were made in shades of purple, the official color for domestic abuse.
Amazing drawings from one of our talented clients at House of Hope.
Sweet star baby blanket from LaDonna at New Visions.
Emily Wages displaying artwork from New Visions and House of Hope
Emily Wages displaying artwork from our talented clients from House of Hope and New Visions.
The finished display before moving into the conference hall for the event.
Knitting in Recovery would like to thank Mike Jump and his associates for giving us the opportunity to showcase the wonderful work we are doing and the talent of our clients. We would also like to thank the Ventura County Arts Council for acting as the liaison between Knitting in Recovery and Mr. Jump and for so thoughtfully displaying the work.